POSTPONED: Mount Washington Cemetery: In Search of Lost Time

Bruce Mathews
Missouri Valley Sundays
Mount Washington Cemetery
Sunday, January 23, 2022
Program: 
2:00 pm
In Person Event
Online Event

This event has been postponed at the speaker's request. We are working to reschedule.

Legendary mountain man Jim Bridger, newspaper mogul William Rockhill Nelson, and sisters Alice Berry Graham and Katharine Berry Richardson, founders of Children’s Mercy Hospital, are a few of many notable Kansas Citians buried in Mount Washington Cemetery. Incorporated in 1901, Mount Washington was developed on a scenic 400-acre tract of land east of the city chosen by renowned landscape architect George Kessler.  

In a discussion of his award-winning book, Mount Washington Cemetery: In Search of Lost Timelocal historian Bruce Mathews spotlights the contributions of those buried there, as well as efforts to preserve its historically significant structures. One such project is the restoration of the cemetery’s most prominent landmark, the 100-year-old William Rockhill Nelson Memorial Chapel.  

Mathews, a retired photographer turned author and historian, serves as president of the Mount Washington Cemetery Historical Society. He’s previously published books on historic Elmwood and Union cemeteries, and other topics related to Kansas City’s past. 

The presentation is offered both in person at Central Library's Helzberg Auditorium and via livestream on the Library’s YouTube channel.